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    Default Surviving International Flight

    I have been feeding my son exlusively pumped breast milk. (He doesn't nurse). We're planning to fly from San Francisco to Hong Kong next September (assuming there are no international pandemics making us want to cancel). How will I survive the flight if I normally pump every 3-5 hours except at night time when I go 6 hours? I've had clogged ducts before and I don't want to experience that. I've considered using the battery pack on my pump, but I'm afraid of how the airline staff and flying neighbors would react. Any ideas?

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    How long is your flight?
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    I've never taken the flight before, but a quick google search search says that the dureation is 14 hours 45 minutes.

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    Holy Moly!

    Well...I went on a flight that was only about 4 hours...I pumped in the bathroom at the airport right before we boarded and then right when we got off.

    I bet if you explained to the staff on the flight what your were doing they would understand. Just explain to them and the passengers around you about the noises and the pump and hopefully everyone would be supportive!
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    I was just talking to someone who exclusively pumped for an entire year. When her daughter was around 6 months old, the family flew from the US to Australia. The mom sewed a cape-like garment- she described it as "like one of those plastic rain poncho things, except not transparent" and pumped underneath its cover while seated in her regular seat. She said it did make some noise, but she was seated next to her husband and he was used to it, and no-one else seemed to notice.

    I would definitely contact the airline and discuss your needs and your options!
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    How old will your LO be when you take your trip?
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    Default Re: Surviving International Flight

    maybe you could use a handpump it would be more discreet and prob easier to use in such a small space


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    My son will be 8 months old when we travel. The hand pump and capes are good ideas. My friend said she has an unused one that she would give me. Thanks!

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    Hi

    I just had a non-stop flight from Wisconsin to Seattle earlier in the month and I am also an EP'er.

    Although I normally pump every 3 hours, I let it go as long as I possibly could - which was about 4 hours.

    I was lucky that:
    1. It was an evening flight
    2. I have a quiet pump
    3. I had a window seat for extra room (if such a concept exists on a plane)

    After the crew came through the cabin with snacks, most people just nodded off and I pumped in my seat. I have an Ameda Purely Yours, so I just put it on the tray table, covered myself up with my jacket, and pumped away. The noise of the air flow in the cabin completely drowned out the pump.

    Don't pump in the bathroom if you can help it - the force of the flush in the toilet can lead to aerosolization of toilet water and spread microscopic poopy bits all over the place... very yucktacular.

    I wouldn't go with a hand-held if you can help it - unless you have a lot of elbow room, I don't think there's going to be a comfortable way to use one in the plane.

    Hope that helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*carolina-girl View Post
    Hi

    I just had a non-stop flight from Wisconsin to Seattle earlier in the month and I am also an EP'er.

    Although I normally pump every 3 hours, I let it go as long as I possibly could - which was about 4 hours.

    I was lucky that:
    1. It was an evening flight
    2. I have a quiet pump
    3. I had a window seat for extra room (if such a concept exists on a plane)

    After the crew came through the cabin with snacks, most people just nodded off and I pumped in my seat. I have an Ameda Purely Yours, so I just put it on the tray table, covered myself up with my jacket, and pumped away. The noise of the air flow in the cabin completely drowned out the pump.

    Don't pump in the bathroom if you can help it - the force of the flush in the toilet can lead to aerosolization of toilet water and spread microscopic poopy bits all over the place... very yucktacular.

    I wouldn't go with a hand-held if you can help it - unless you have a lot of elbow room, I don't think there's going to be a comfortable way to use one in the plane.

    Hope that helps!

    -Carolina Girl

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    On such a long flight, the crew has a 'crew rest area' you can always ask them if there's a 'quiet' place for you to pump....I'm sure they will be more than accomodating. And most passengers do NOT like to sit in the back of the aircraft, so mostly likely a row or two will be open in the back - you could pump there too! Granted it's not a full flight.....Good luck and be sure to pump, regardless....And most of all, have fun on your trip to Hong Kong - sounds really exciting!!


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